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Freedom of Inquiry & Expression


The college is committed to the principles of free inquiry and expression. Members of the college community have the right to hold, vigorously defend, and express their ideas and opinions, and to flourish or wither according to their merits. Respect for this right requires that members of the college community tolerate expression of views that they find objectionable. Nevertheless, whatever the legal boundaries of free speech, the members of an educational community should voluntarily adopt standards of civility and good taste that reflect mutual respect, understanding, and sensitivity among its diverse racial, ethnic and cultural groups. In particular, employees of the college represent the college and have a special role and position of authority. All members of the college community are to be treated with respect with sensitivity to the impact of words and opinions.

Supersedes 2.P.07
Adopted by the board of trustees: 4/11/01
Last reviewed: 10/1/19
Policy contact: Human Resources

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000.190 Expressive Activities Policy
000.200 Political Activities Policy
000.210 Religious Activities Policy
000.330 Nondiscrimination & Harassment Policy
1400.100 Student Rights & Freedoms Procedure